Monitoring and sustainability

Key resource: Frontiers of CLTS Issue 4: Sustainability and CLTS- Taking Stock

Sustainability is without doubt one of the most burning subject matters that subsumes many of the issues that we are seeing in CLTS and wider WASH practice. There have been several useful studies on sustainability that have highlighted some of the different aspects as well as the complexities involved. However, it is unclear how much of the learning from these studies has been built into current and future programming and practice. Based on existing research and our own understanding, this issue of Frontiers of CLTS is an attempt at an up to date synthesis of where we are at the beginning of 2015. In the issue, we identify some priority areas for learning.
Date: 25 February 2015

Key resource: Frontiers of CLTS Issue 1: Participatory Design Development for Sanitation

Frontiers of CLTS Issue 1 cover

Sustainability of latrines is a key issue in CLTS. Sandy or rocky soils, seasonal flooding and termites can present challenges to communities who have taken sanitation into their own hands as a result of CLTS and are building latrines. The CLTS Handbook identifies the need for participatory design approaches during follow-up sessions with triggered communities. Sanitation marketing programmes have also applied participatory design through engaging users and sanitation suppliers to create innovative sanitation technologies.

Date: 18 November 2013

Key resource: Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: Where do We Stand? Analysis from the AfricaSan Conference, Kigali, Rwanda

Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: Where do We Stand? (IWA Publishing 2013, eds Piers Cross and Yolande Coombes) takes stock of progress made by African countries through the AfricaSan process since 2008 and the progress needed to meet the MDG on sanitation by 2015 and beyond. This book addresses priorities which have been identified by African countries as the key elements which need to be addressed in order to accelerate progress.

Date: 21 October 2013

Key resource: Lukenya Notes: Taking CLTS to Scale with Quality

The Lukenya Notes are a collection of experiences and key recommendations from the IDS meeting of CLTS practitioners held in Lukenya, Nairobi in July 2011, immediately after the AfricaSan3 meeting. The aim of the workshop was to focus on the key challenges we all face in taking CLTS to scale. Insights, case studies and options are clustered by themes which emerged from workshop brainstorming.

Date: 19 September 2011

What do giraffes have to do with CLTS sustainability?

According to one African folk tale, the giraffe had a short neck until she got her head stuck in a honey tree. Many years passed and as the tree grew it stretched the neck of the giraffe.  Eventually, the other animals decided to work together to free the giraffe; they grabbed all four of its legs pulled the giraffe out of the tree – stretching its neck and legs in the process.

Aux Frontières de l’ATPC numéro 4: Durabilité et ATPC : État des lieux

La notion de durabilité est sans aucun doute l’un des sujets les plus brûlants qui sous-tende nombre des questions que nous rencontrons dans le cadre de l’ATPC et de l’ensemble des pratiques WASH. Plusieurs études utiles sur la durabilité ont mis en évidence certains de ses différents aspects et les complexités associées. Toutefois, il est difficile de dire combien d’enseignements tirés de ces études ont été véritablement intégrés dans la programmation et les pratiques actuelles et futures.

Date: 30 April 2015


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